Bed of Tulips

The tulips are so pretty this year.  They usually don’t bloom more than two years because it gets so hot here in summer and we don’t get enough winter cold.  But for this year, they came up beautifully and it’s hard to not take photos of them!  This photo was processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 with unsharp mask and Topaz Simplify buz sim.  It was burned a little and framed by OnOne Photo Essentials 4.  Happy spring everyone!




Tulips are just starting to bloom here.  I processed this in PSE6 with adjusted levels, sharpened and then high pass sharpened again.  Topaz Adjust was applied and then a layer of Smart Blur at 50% Opacity was applied over that to soften the grunge look a little.  Hope you like it.  Have a great weekend.


Went to Woodward Park with the family today.  The breeze kept me from getting very good reflections, but the sparkles of light in the late afternoon were worth waiting for.  I processed this photo in Photoshop Elements 6 with a levels adjustment, an unsharp mask and Filter/Distort/Diffuse Glow.  I then dodged and burned the final photo. Camera settings: f/6.3, 1/400 sec., focal length 21 mm, ISO 64.  Taken with my Fujifilm FinePix S700.

I bought and installed Photoshop Elements 10 but I am not sure yet if it was a wise purchase.  I have become so comfortable with PSE6.  The good price at Costco was too hard to pass up, however!  So I will fiddle with it and see how I like it.  (I hate getting used to new software! :))


Sara’s Cody sitting by the sliding glass door.  He doesn’t want to go out, but he loves surveying all that goes on.  That, and sitting in the sun for hours!!  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with Topaz Adjust 5.  Love all the final additions in Topaz Adjust 5.  I was lucky enough to get one of my presets included in the final version.  It is called Vintage and is in the Toned Collection.

I did some white vignetting and some dodging to the image.  Camera settings: f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 1000, focal length 55 mm. No flash.

Autumn Leaves

Kinda stretching this one as we haven’t had enough cold weather to really change the leaves on our trees much.  This photo was processed in Photoshop Elements 6 with adjusted levels, unsharpen mask and Topaz Adjust 5 Release Candidate.  This should be the last beta before the new Topaz Adjust 5 is released.  I used a custom preset of my own in processing this photo.  Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Camera settings: f/6.3, 1/100 sec., focal length 49 mm, and ISO 100.  No flash.


Topaz Adjust beta 5

Here’s another photo processed through PE6 and Topaz Adjust beta 5.  I have really enjoyed being a beta tester for Topaz and this new Adjust version is really something!  There are a ton of presets including cross process and Lomo settings, cool and warm settings and grunge settings, too!  I think that users are going to be very happy with the new version of Adjust.

Settings for this photo were: f/11, 1/60 sec., focal length 55 mm and ISO 200.